They raised a very common presenting issue for some of my new clients that have come on board. There is this automatic, communal belief that the lack of sun and the mounds of snow have contributed to our mental health. While there may be some truth in that sentiment, there is a danger in self diagnosing ourselves.
If this blog posting is speaking to you, I will encourage you to do what I did with my client. Seek support with your medical professionals. Your family doctor and/or psychiatrist can help you by completing a full mental health and physical assessment. This assessment will help to determine if what you're experiencing is "winter blues", or something that requires medical attention.
My client that I spoke of earlier was diagnosed with a thyroid issue, and that diagnosis helped treat the underlying biological issue. This helped us to do the work the client wanted to do, and brought us to a much better space to do the healing they needed.
If you need some support in having this conversation with your doctor, please let me know. You don't have to be in the Greater Toronto area; I'm happy to have this conversation with anyone and their doctor. Although I am a Toronto psychotherapist, I can help you with wording, bridging that conversation, and getting you the support you need.
Yours in mental health,